Psychology

Action Video Games Could Come With A Cost Later In Life

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Tech

A study has claimed that people who play action video games could be at a higher risk of developing a neurological or psychiatric disorder. Carried...

Equine-Assisted Learning for the Office - Lessons from Argentina

Kismet Johnson | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kismet Johnson

On the day of my visit, the employees were set to work on leadership skills. Over the course of the day, they took part in a series of exercises which called for gradually increasing levels of physical interaction with the horses.

Emotions. Love Them or Hate Them. Just Don't Let Them Burn You Out!

Dr Bev McLagan | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Bev McLagan

We have an easier way of unravelling what can seem like a myriad of sometimes vague, and often convoluted, emotions. You see, the majority of emotions we experience in response to stress and pressure usually have something to do with four general emotional themes.

Attention Seeking - Do Not Be Afraid

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Attention seeking is such a dirty word but maybe we need to discover if we are getting and giving the right amount of attention. Suspend your prejudi...

The Love Vote - How Your Partner Swings the Election

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Raj Persaud

Which single individual is going to influence you in how to vote in the general election more than any other? Recent research suggests voters will be most swayed by a spouse.

Trolling and Disinhibition - Have We Got It Wrong?

Dr Richard Graham | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Richard Graham

Like many, I had understood that trolling, and its later forms was driven by a process of disinhibition. When individuals feel they are anonymous or invisible, they start to act as if concern for others or guilt were no longer a problem...

The Popular Piece of Advice that Could Be Sabotaging Your Job Search

Marianne Stenger | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marianne Stenger

Mirroring involves subtly mimicking another person's body language or tone of voice. So if your interviewer scratches their nose, you might touch your chin, and if they cross their legs to the right, you'd cross yours the opposite way.

How to Tell If a Politician Is Lying

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Raj Persaud

There is an old joke which asks - how to tell if a politician is lying? The answer - if they are moving their lips.

The Psychology of Political Differences

Jonathan Jong | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Jong

Elections are nigh! So, this is a dutifully timed post about the psychology of political differences. But first, a public service announcement: check ...

Questions of War

William Shield | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
William Shield

In 2009 I did my first tour of Afghanistan. I was based out of Kandahar airfield as part as RBGS (regional battle group south). This meant, that for the southern region we were available to anyone that needed help on an operation...

Pavlov's Purple: Why Logos Make Me Hungry

Dr. Margaret Leitch | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Margaret Leitch

The discussion of food cues and appetite is not new. Pavlov could be considered the grandfather of psychology, along with his bells, dogs, and ability to teach animals to salivate to ringing sounds in addition to dinner food.

Why We Should Talk More About Death

Jonathan Jong | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Jong

We are all going to die, but we barely want to think about it, talk about it, or prepare for it in any way. Only three in 10 people in the UK have prepared their wills, and probably fewer still have made any decisions about how they want to die.

Being Open about Mental Illness

James Butler | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Butler

Not everyone understands what depression is. They just see it as going through a tough spot. At times, they will say that people with depression should just "snap out of it" or to "pull yourself together".

Lost Keys! Phone Battery Low! Run Out Of Toilet Paper! Do Everyday Emergencies Stress You Out?

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Everyday emergencies - like locking yourself out of the car, losing an important document or your phone battery dying - have the potential to send us ...

Latest Psychological Research on Attraction and Infidelity Answers the Question - Can 'Eye Candy' Always be Resisted?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

When it comes to infidelity it seems there are strong parallels to battling enticement in other areas of life, for example resisting fattening foods. How faithful your partner is likely to be might be predicted by their general ability to exert self-control.

The Latest Psychological Research Suggests Daydreams Hold the Secret of Happiness

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

No matter how gregarious you are, a substantial part of each day is typically spent with little positive social activity, and separated from close significant others, for example, being at work.

It Wasn't Me, It Was My Chimp

Katie Leach | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Leach

This model explains why you react a certain way in certain situations. It's not how you the human would behave, but the inner chimp or computer takes over and you carry out an action based on jumping to a conclusion rather than the human side of the brain that would look for facts.

Mother's Day Thoughts: The Politics of Loving

Sally Fraser | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

On those days when we sob silently into our shortbread, when we feel under-appreciated, unloved, unvalued, not just by our kids (because we can handle that) but by the whole sodding rest of the world, perhaps we should reflect on why that might be the case.

How I Rescued My Brain

David Roland | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Roland

In July 2009, early one morning, I was wandering around the house fully dressed when I asked my wife (she later told me): "What am I supposed to be do...

If You Find Noisy Colleagues Annoying, You Might Be A Genius

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If the sound of your colleague munching on crisps drives you barmy, you could be a genius. That's according to new research, which has uncovered a ...

Looking for Meaning in Your Life? There's No App for That.

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Aaron Balick

In today's results driven, evidenced based, now-now-now culture, the idea of a 'slow burn' psychotherapy is much maligned. If people have problems, they want them fixed, if people have questions, they want them answered. But what about those problems you can't quite put your finger on?

Oh Do Behave! How to Behave Your Way to the Life You Want With Acceptance and Committed Action

Dr Michael Sinclair | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Sinclair

If we want relationships we have to boldly face the vulnerabilities that come with dating. If we want to excel in the corporate world we have to make room for fears around public speaking. How willing are you to 'behave your way' to the life that really matters to you?

We Can Improve the Lives of People Affected By Autism Through Research

Dr James Cusack | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Dr James Cusack

My hope is that we can now harness this focus towards the furthering of our knowledge of autism through research. We urgently require evidence-based interventions for autism, but yet the standards of research to support interventions fall significantly below that of other medical conditions.

Animals Acting Suspiciously Like Humans

Frontier | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK
Frontier

We've all heard dogs cry or seen monkeys smile and laugh, but there are some skills we thought no other animals had... most of the time, we were wrong. From tools to fire, from clothes to food seasoning, here are some animals which display "human" characteristics.

Today's Psychiatrist

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

People think that if you are a psychiatrist it means you push medications on people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure some bad apples do. And yes we do prescribe but most of us don't unless we really need to.